Information about immigration issues and resources.
Statement on EthnoMed Supporting the Care of Refugees
EthnoMed.org is a program within Harborview Medical Center which is owned by the people of King County, Washington and operated by the University of Washington. As State funded entities we are careful to remain distant from, and neutral on legislative action and political endorsements. However,one in five people in the City of Seattle are born abroad and are immigrants, and 15% of the people housed on the medical and surgical services at Harborview at any given time require interpreter services. This website exists solely to support the care of immigrants and refugees, especially those routinely encountered at Harborview Medical Center. Consequently, we must be clear about policy at any level that threatens the health and well being of children, families, and our patients. The vilification of immigrants, and particularly Muslim refugees, has been accompanied by random spontaneous acts of aggression toward employees of airports and hospitals and on the streets. Delays in diagnoses, missed appointments and delays in care, failed communication, exacerbation of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and diabetes all result from heightened fear about moving with caution through public spaces in an atmosphere of tension and anxiety. EthnoMed.org will identify and report on public policies harming immigrant communities, and provide advocacy for immigrants and refugees, including programmatic services that support refugee families. This is in keeping with our mission to improve the health of refugees and immigrants and our values of patient centered public health and medicine.
US Immigration Policy & Immigrants
Resources for providers to help address anti-immigrant behaviors their patients may be experiencing. Includes information to help providers address anti-immigrant behaviors their patients may be experiencing.
Information, resources and fact sheets about the health issues of migrant children entering the U.S. There have been claims and concerns over health risks from migrant children crossing borders. Misinformation about the health of migrant children when there is no significant health threat is a medical issue. This page provides background information, resources and fact sheets about the issue of migrant health.
Immigration and Citizenship